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Jack Heath

British/South African 1915-1969 


John Charles Wood Heath (Jack) was born in Staffordshire and schooled at the Acock’s Green and Aston Elementary Schools in Birmingham. He won a scholarship to Handsworth Grammar School, where he remained from 1926 until 1932. He matriculated in 1931 with a distinction in History, and in 1932 he was awarded the Higher School Certificate in Literature, History and Art. He won a scholarship to the Birmingham School of Arts and Crafts where he studied art between 1932 and 1936, followed by the Royal College of Art in London from 1936 to 1939. In 1938, he won the British Institute Empire Scholarship in Engraving and in 1939 the Drawing Prize. Heath is known for his paintings, drawings, engravings and murals, and he is generally considered to have been a British Modernist and Abstractionist but was also heavily influenced by Neo-Romanticism.

Heath married Jane Tully Parminter in 1940, and they had two children, Bronwen (Jinny) and Jonathan. He volunteered for service in the army at the outbreak of World War II, saw action in Italy in 1943, was injured on Queen’s Beach in the Normandy Landing in 1944, and was then demobilised in 1946. In mid-1946 the Heaths moved to South Africa, as he was appointed Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at Rhodes University College. In 1947, he was appointed as Head of the School of Art at the Technical College in Port Elizabeth, where he remained until 1952. He was appointed Professor of Fine Art at Natal University College, Pietermaritzburg, in January 1953. Heath died suddenly in June 1969.

Heath exhibited extensively in South Africa, including at the First Quadrennial Exhibition of South African Art in 1956, at Gallery 101 in 1962, and on the Eastern Province Society of Fine Arts Jubilee Exhibition in 1968, amongst others. In 1977, a posthumous exhibition of Heaths’ work was shown at the University of Natal and the Heath Family Retrospective was exhibited at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg between 2009 and 2010.

Heath’s works are represented in prestigious collections in England, including the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as in public and private collections in South Africa, such as the Tatham Art Gallery and Iziko South African National Gallery.


25 lots offered      48.00% sold      ZAR 822 449
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Jack Heath; Architectural Caprice
25 Oct 2023
Sold for ZAR 7 622
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Jack Heath; Thorns, Thornveld Study
25 Oct 2023
Unsold
 
Jack Heath; Siren Rock
25 Oct 2023
Unsold
 
Jack Heath; Venusian Apartments
25 Oct 2023
Sold for ZAR 8 794
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Jack Heath; The Blue Chair
16 May 2022
Sold for ZAR 45 520
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Jack Heath; African Voodoo
16 May 2022
Unsold
 
Jack Heath; Scavengers I
22 Feb 2021
Sold for ZAR 8 794
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Jack Heath; Thornveld Equinox
8 Nov 2020
Sold for ZAR 85 350
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Jack Heath; Abstract Composition
26 Jul 2020
Sold for ZAR 125 180
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Jack Heath; The Bedroom Chair
11 Nov 2019
Sold for ZAR 54 624
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Jack Heath; Not Far Away
19 Oct 2019
Sold for ZAR 14 794
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Jack Heath; The Day of Dingane
12 Nov 2018
Unsold
 

Results in green indicate post sales.